The Fabricator®

September 2009
The FABRICATOR® is North America's leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry. The magazine delivers the news, technical articles, and case histories that enable fabricators to do their jobs more efficiently. The FABRICATOR has served the industry since 1971. Print subscriptions are free to qualified persons in North America involved in metal forming and fabricating.

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Selected articles from the September 2009 issue available online:

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Drawing the bead on weldments

September 23, 2009

Columnist Gerald Davis has a new project thismonth: Model a cage that will hold about 528 lbs. (240 kg) of batteries. Because afictional project manager has not settled onthe specific battery spacing or on thestructural members to use, Davis showsreaders how to make it easy to change thesize as well as the materials used in the cage.

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Manufacturing motorcycle mufflers

Manufacturing motorcycle mufflers

September 15, 2009

Like all manufacturers, Woodsage Industries is always on the lookout for a better way to manufacture the many components it produces for OEMs. It recently devised a way to make one-piece external muffler shells for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

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Robotic pipe welding with a human touch

September 1, 2009

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Automation has emerged as an alternative to manual welding, but these robotic and fixed automation technologies tend to work for specific applications, rather than general pipe fabricating. Automation coupled with the flexibility of a human operator during the welding process, however, represents a new alternative for those companies looking to squeeze more productivity out of the pipe fabricating process.

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Fabricating with a digital foundation

September 1, 2009

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An architectural metal fabricator takes a building-information modeling (BIM) approach, using enhanced computer modeling to streamline operations.

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Die not in the mix for tool shop

September 1, 2009

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Nortool Precision Machining and Tool has turned to a 3-D CAD/CAM package for both design and NC and has found that it is delivering quicker and more accurate bids, while simultaneously improving the quality of tool- and diemaking.

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10 steps to successful value stream mapping

September 1, 2009

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Value stream mapping is an invaluable tool used to identify waste in day-to-day operations. Fortunately smaller companies can follow 10 specific steps to prepare for and achieve value stream mapping.

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Small studs, big impact

September 1, 2009

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Stud welding, an often-overlooked process, can have a significant effect on the life-cycle cost of a product.

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Preparing for GMAW, back to basics: All about setup

September 1, 2009

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  Of all the welding processes, gas metal arc welding is the easiest to learn. However, setting up a GMAW system isn't quite so straightforward. The wire feed process is all about setup, really, and improper setup can lead to some major problems. If machine settings are incorrect, the welder...

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Unique brake setup streamlines thick plate bending

September 1, 2009

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A heavy-equipment OEM's forming department develops a unique tooling setup for bending extremely thick, high-strength plate--designed for one application and one application only.

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Disposing of waterjet abrasive—the right way

September 1, 2009

Shop owners who cut with waterjet machines should keep abreast oflocal waste and disposal regulations.

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